Reason Writers Around Town: Matt Welch on John McCain's Latest "Great Man" Stunt


Writing in The Los Angeles Times, reason's Matt Welch analyzes GOP presidential candidate John McCain's suspension of his campaign. A snippet:

If McCain's latest "country-first" outburst is a mostly empty symbol in terms of actual campaigning, it's a meaningful one in other ways. By taking what was originally Obama's behind-the-scenes initiative of cobbling together a joint candidate statement on the bailout package and opportunistically turning that into yet another chance to portray his patriotism as shinier than his opponent's, McCain is ripping what little facade remains over his campaign. This is not an election about ideas or policy; it's an election about a Great Man, facing down an interloper.

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